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The; premiere will mark the umpteenth Marvel character to no doubt run away with box office receipts, as well as next Halloween;s costume sales. Ninety-three-year-old;Stan Lee;not only helped give ,;but countless other characters;as well. Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four … if you can think of a superhero not named Batman or Superman, there's a good chance Mr. Lee had a hand in his or her creation.


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The prodigious pencil pusher keeps a careful watch over his brood by way of his obligatory Marvel Cinematic Universe ;that have become as much a staple of the franchise as post-credits bonus scenes. And as this following selection of his sayings suggests, the bon mots from Lee;s mouth are almost as plentiful as the muscled marvels that came out of his head.

On why he;s the real hero

;I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: Entertainment is one of the most important things in people;s lives.;

On Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield;s success

;Maybe Spider-Man is just an easy role to play.;


On his one-word mantra

;You know, my motto is ;excelsior.; That;s an old word that means ;upward and onward to greater glory.;;

On his glorious WWII heroics

;I drew a little cartoon of a soldier. There;s the green light. Over his head there;s a dialogue balloon that says, ;VD? Not me!; They printed a couple million of them. I figure we probably won the war based on that.;

On a certain Avengers villian's origin story

;I have to be honest I don;t have any idea who the hell Ultron is. He was a character developed after I stopped being involved in the Avengers story.;

On why the Hulk didn't smash;the box office

;Well, my own feeling is that in the first two, they made him too powerful. I never conceived of him that way, and I didn't think it was necessary for him to be that big. I thought he could;ve been seven and a half feet tall. That's quite enough.;


On his troubled relationship with two former Marvel luminaries

;I don;t want anyone to think I treated [Jack] Kirby or [Steve] Ditko unfairly. I think we had a wonderful relationship. Their talent was incredible. But the things they wanted weren;t in my power to give them.;

On his interest in mutants

;In the case of the X-Men, I wanted to do a [comic] that would point out the injustice and wrongheadedness of bigotry.;

On an actual higher power

;I;ve had a long enough life. I;d hate to leave my wife and my daughter, but heaven knows it;s beyond me. And I don;t even really believe in heaven.;

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